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    The BBC is announcing the death at the age of 80 of Juliette Kaplan.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-49193273

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    Last edited by Nick Dando; 11th October 2019, 12:08 PM.

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    The Guardian obituary

    https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-r...aplan-obituary

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      Juliette Kaplan, actress best known as the formidable Pearl Sibshaw in ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ – obituary16 OCTOBER 2019



      Juliette Kaplan, who has died aged 80, was an actress who became a stalwart of the long-running sitcom, Last of the Summer Wine; she played the beret-wearing battleaxe Pearl Sibshaw, wife of the downtrodden philanderer Howard, whose attention was usually fixed on Marina, the mini-skirted peroxide blonde of the village.

      Marlene Juliette Kaplan was born in Bournemouth, then in Hampshire but now in Dorset, on October 2 1939. When she was an infant she moved with her family to South Africa, birthplace of her father, Jeremiah. He was in the merchant navy, while her mother Pearle (née Cress) was a nurse.

      Her parents divorced when she was three, and Juliette moved for a few years between England and South Africa before spending a year in New York, where her mother worked as a secretary. “I just fell in love with the place,” Juliette recalled.


      Juliette Kaplan as Pearl Sibshaw, with her husband Howard, played by Robert Fyfe
      CREDIT: BBC

      They settled back in London in 1951. “I was only just too old to sit the 11-plus, so mother sent me to a secondary modern school,” she said. “I hated it. I lied to get noticed – the things I made up were just awful, like scenes from the old films I loved.”

      She was sent to drama school for elocution lessons to get rid of an accent that drifted between Johannesburg and Brooklyn, and her sights became set on acting as a career; there had also been inspiration in her childhood, when her father used to take her to the cinema: “I thought I was the spitting image of Margaret O’Brien. I wore my long dark hair the same way. I knew then I wanted to be an actress.”

      To pay her way she worked as a waitress, chambermaid and telephone operator and took a Saturday job at Woolworths. She found acting work with a small local company that made religious documentaries: she played Salome in A Voice Crying in the Wilderness.


      Juliette Kaplan with Sarah Thomas and Thora Hird in Last of the Summer Wine
      CREDIT: DON SMITH/RADIO TIMES/GETTY IMAGES

      During the late 1950s she toured in rep, and in 1958, when a play she was appearing in Margate closed unexpectedly, she stayed on as assistant stage manager on £5 a week.

      It was around this time that Juliette Kaplan met her husband, Harold Hoser. He ran a tea room and beach café before opening a gift shop (later expanded to a chain across Kent). “I’d been offered the chance to play Anne Frank,” she recalled. “I was six months pregnant at the time, but the stage manager and the audience didn’t seem to notice.”

      Kaplan continued to take the odd role when motherhood would allow, then when she was widowed in 1981 she put her career on hold, ready to run the gift shops, until the role of Pearl in the stage version of Last of the Summer Wine came along, alongside Robert Fyfe as Howard and Jean Fergusson as Marina.

      Such was their success that all three were hired to join the regular television cast. And in 2003, Juliette Kaplan toured with her one-woman show Just Pearl, written for her by the Summer Wine creator, Roy Clarke. She was a fixture until the programme ended in 2010.

      Away from the Yorkshire cobbles, she also appeared in episodes of London’s Burning, Brookside and Doctors, and played a hostage in the film The Death of Klinghoffer (2003). In 2015 she was in eight episodes of Coronation Street, as Beth Tinker’s grandmother, Agnes.

      Juliette Kaplan had always believed she was an only child, however, in 1995, she received a letter from South Africa forwarded to her by Equity informing her of two half-brothers and a half-sister; her father, she discovered, had remarried.

      Juliette Kaplan spent her free time tending to her garden, playing bridge and travelling, and she took up snorkelling in her sixties. She is survived by her three children.

      Juliette Kaplan, born October 2 1939, died October 10 2019
      Last edited by Maurice; 16th October 2019, 04:23 PM.

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